Federal Judicial Center



Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building,

One Columbus Circle NE., Washington, DC 20002-8003

Phone, 202-502-4000. Internet, www.fjc.gov.

Director Barbara J. Rothstein

Deputy Director Russell R. Wheeler

Director of Research James B. Eaglin

Director of Education John S. Cooke

Director of Communications Policy and Design Sylvan A. Sobel


The Federal Judicial Center is the judicial branch's agency for policy research and continuing education.

The Federal Judicial Center was created by act of December 20, 1967 (28 U.S.C. 620), to further the development and adoption of improved judicial administration in the courts of the United States.

The Center's basic policies and activities are determined by its Board, which is composed of the Chief Justice of the United States, who is permanent Chairman of the Board by statute, and two judges of the U.S. courts of appeals, three judges of the U.S. district courts, one bankruptcy judge, and one magistrate judge, all of whom are elected for

4-year terms by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts is also a permanent member of the Board.

Pursuant to statute, the Center carries out the following duties:

--develops and administers orientation and continuing education programs for Federal judges, Federal defenders, and nonjudicial court personnel, including probation officers, pretrial services officers, and clerks' office employees;

--conducts empirical and exploratory research and evaluation on Federal judicial processes, court management, and sentencing and its consequences, usually for the committees of the Judicial Conference or the courts themselves;

--produces research reports, training manuals, satellite broadcasts, video programs, computer based training, and periodicals about the Federal courts;

--provides guidance and advice and maintains data and records to assist those interested in documenting and conserving the history of the Federal courts; and

--cooperates with and assists other agencies and organizations in providing advice to improve the administration of justice in the courts of foreign countries.

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